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This review is from: Simply Deep (Audio CD)
It was exciting times for the music industry when the three members of R&B Super-Group 'Destinys Child' announced they would all be creating solo albums for themselves. Michelle Williams released a gospel offering in early 2002 to both critical and public acclaim, putting the pressure on Kelly and Beyonce to deliver something very special indeed. After collaborating with rapper Nelly on the smash hit of 2001 - 'Dilemma', Rowland was in a great position and she clearly hasnt let the opputurnity slip. Track one on the album, and her debut solo single, 'Stole' sets the standard for this wonderful album. A beautiful and meaningful R&B song with a rock edge to it. Perfection.
The second single to be lifted from this release was the wonderful, and my personal favourite, 'Cant Nobody'. This R&B Funk at its finest! The track is everything an R&B Funk track wants to be but yet what so few actually are. By this point band-mate Beyonce would have been quivering in her boots! Kelly is most certainly here to stay. And so we move on to the third and possibly final release from the album, 'Train on a Track'. Though not as commercial as the first two singles, this is a very nice little number thats been put together very well and is perfect for Ms. Rowland's smooth and sexy vocals. But this is not an album with four hits 11 fillers, oh no, this is ALL KILLER! The album is a joy to listen to from start to finish, with the insanely delicious 'Havent Told You', a sleek R&B ballad, the brilliant 'Love/Hate' thats as sharp as a knife edge and the Hip-Hop fueled collaboration with Joe Budden 'Make U Wanna Stay'. These are just a few highlights. The truth is every single track on this album brings something new and undeniably classy to the table.
There is no doubt at all that this is THE R&B release of 2002. Her success as a solo artist has given Kelly Rowland all the praise people thought would only belong to Beyonce. If this wonderful album is anything to go by, its going to be a closer race for solo supremecy than the critics may have predicted.